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USC golf cart taken for joy ride, crashed

By Anton Vidgen
Gazette Staff

A golf cart stolen from outside the University Community Centre that belonged to the University Students' Council was found hanging off a bridge over Medway Creek on Tuesday at about 2:30 a.m., said Elgin Austen, interim director for the Campus Community Police Service.

"There was substantial damage to it," he said, though a valuation had not yet been completed. No keys were discovered at the scene and the vehicle was found with its chain still around the steering wheel, he added.

"They would have to make a lot of right turns," said USC VP-student affairs Matt Huether. He said such a situation was planned for and they tried to be prudent. "We took precautions that were suggested to us by the [campus police]."

No one was found at the scene when police arrived shortly afterward, Austen explained. "[The suspects] left the area rather quickly," he noted, adding they probably disappeared into the nearby underbrush.

Witnesses near the scene described two individuals who police are searching for in connection with the stolen vehicle. CCPS is looking for a white male with shoulder-length blonde hair wearing a blue plaid shirt and a white female with curly blonde hair wearing blue jeans. Austen said the female had a cut on her chin and may be easier to identify. Both are believed to be of university age.

Because the descriptions are vague, campus police are asking anyone with information to call them at 661-3300 or Crimestoppers at 222-TIPS.

A similar incident occurred in September 2002 when a USC golf cart was stolen and found in Grand Bend the following day by police. The four occupants were charged in court with stolen property.

Also on Tuesday night, a crowd of about 40-50 people caused a disturbance in and around the parking lot outside Saugeen-Maitland Hall. "It was initially quite volatile," Austen said, adding as soon as police arrived the crowd dispersed without incident. Austen said Tuesday's events are not believed to be related.



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